Thursday, June 25, 2009


I have tried and tried and tried to paint or draw a Hamsa. I had absolutely no success... then yesterday I realized that was the problem, I was trying to make myself paint or draw it. I needed to craft one... create one from pieces of something and let it come together and be art.

On my way home from work yesterday I stopped at Texas Art Supply and picked up some of that "bleeding" craft tissue. In case you aren't familiar, it is just like tissue paper, but the colors are made to bleed... so when you use it with anything wet, they bleed and blend.

So I cut out the shape of a Hamsa from a nice thick piece of sturdy cardboard. Then I chose 4 specific colors of tissue, because they are my friend Veronica's favorite ones, and ripped them up and decoupaged them onto the Hamsa cut out. I was impatient, so I used my heat tool and dried it. Then added more tissue in places that I felt needed more of a certain color, or blend of colors. At that point I felt like I was in grade school doing a tissue paper collage, LOL, because that it exactly what it was. After I was satisfied with the look and the coverage of the colors, I dried it again with my heat tool.

Then I started with my UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel). I melted layer after layer after layer with my heat tool until I had a nice thick slick surface. It is not perfect... there are bubbles and ridges and such... but it looks nice. The only think I didn't like so much is that it is no longer flat... it is kinda curved... but that is OK. I am going to mount it on that black board that is in the picture behind it and it will be awesome. It is a 12"x12" board that I painted with black gesso. I am going to turn it so it is a diamond with the Hamsa mounted in the center.

Since this weeks Charisma Cards Challenge is to make anything you want, I will use this for that challenge!

Thanks for visiting!

Peace & Love-


  1. Risa its a huge success too. What a beautiful art work it has turned out to be. I had never heard of bleeding tissue but i am inspired to keep my eyes and ears open for it.
    I just popped by to say hello and say i am sorry for not being around much. I am tentively dipping my feet in the blogging waters again after my few weeks of little or no blogging. I have missed you and wanted to say thanks for still stopping by and saying hello on my blogs. You are lovely
    Hugs June xxx

  2. This is lovely, and I must look for that bleeding tissue next time I am out. What a wondrous piece you have made- has a fused-glass feel to it!

  3. A wonderful piece of art. Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week.
    xx Vee

  4. This is gorgeous (even though I must confess I don't know what a Hasma is), I love your work.

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week.

    Jan x

  5. Fabulous artwork. Thanks for joining us at Charisma.